Community Gossip from 2010

Gossip? In Old English, a “godsibb” was a godmother or godfather, from “god” plus “sib,” meaning “relative” (related to our modern “sibling”). It was later used to refer to companions in childbirth – people from the community who were there in difficult and celebratory times.

Here you'll find a list of things we've been doing/thinking/reading.

When we had the community meal at our place and were talking about prayer, I told you about the daily prayer I use from the Jesuits which you can download for your ipod - it's called 'pray as you go'. It is about 10min long and uses music, a scripture reading, some thoughts to contemplate and some time for prayer. I like it lot, it's a good and easy way to incorporate some sort of prayer into your daily life! So here is the link:
It was wonderful to gather together in Bethlehem Chapel again (it's like a womb to us) and a real privilege to welcome Rev Sister Margaret Anne from All Saints Convent to celebrate the eucharist with us for the first time.  The big turn-out reflected our hunger for the bread and wine, body and blood of Jesus - and it was a holy nourishing after a period of fasting.  Toby provided a great soundscape, Chris helped us meditate on St Paul's words about love using the Jesus prayer, and Andrea brought a prayer-provoking image of Christ for us to focus on.
Chocolate brioche and flapjack was munched, much table-football was played, and space was made for children to play, adults to talk, and all to pray.  We had a big turn out with Sylvie, Isla, Ariane, Niamh & Ezra and Theo all bringing responsible-ish adults along.  It was particularly great to catch up with Darko before the family move to Dublin for 3 months to drastically reduce his commute to work to 15 mins!
gathered around the snow may this inspire us all to find our daily discipline of prayer as part of mayBe's pattern of community life. These came from discussions at community meals and worship gathering in our spirit of mayBe cycle.
  • communicating prayer online eg twitter or facebook
It was wonderful to be gathered together at Bethlehem chapel in our wellies and hiking boots having braved the snow to start the year with a gentle but heartfelt statement of intent.  Amazingly all seven members of mayBe taking on guardianship of different areas of our shared life were present to join with the community in making vows and receiving blessings.  This is the start of my third (and final) year as guadian of space/exploring and it is such a privilege to serve in this role.  I see it as a challenge to myself in the first place, and then to the community, to keep growing in faith and
happy 2010 everyone! This cycle re-looking at the spirit of mayBe: a community exploring simple, creative, engaged, playful living in the way of Christ.

Week 1: community, grace

Cara's made this week's resource on grace, and the community meal on Thursday will be at Tracey, Rich & Harvey's. Also this week: Saturday community meal @ the Mish at 10am, and Sunday 10:30 @ the convent chapel for a renewal of guardians' vows, including dismissals, renewals and welcoming Ali as a new guardian, too! Music makers come at 10 on Sunday to prepare.

Week 2: exploring, space